Giovanni Soldini and the Maserati Multi 70 Team crossed the finish line first in the ninth edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race, organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in collaboration with Yacht Club de France, closing the race at 7:45 pm UTC on Friday, January 13th, 2023 with a time of 5 days, 5 hours, 46 minutes and 26 seconds, beating the rivals Snowflake and Team Zoulou and setting a new record.
The Italian skipper and his crew shattered the previous record set in 2015 by a margin of nearly 17 hours, despite a breakdown on board that could have jeopardized the race launched across the Atlantic from Lanzarote to Grenada (2995 nautical miles). This is a great achievement, obtained also thanks to the excellence of Boero YachtCoatings paint products, with which the trimaran was protected during the race.
Maserati Multi 70, in fact, underwent a total refit during the long period in the shipyard, as well as some specific repairs due to the bad weather that had damaged the trimaran last September. The maintenance process aimed at ensuring maximum functionality and safety; for this reason, various Boero YachtCoatings solutions were used, the result of research on selected raw materials and innovative formulas.
In particular, Delta 3000 two-component epoxy primer, which is also used as a primer in painting cycles, was employed for the part of the hull below the waterline, while Epoyacht, an epoxy filler with an extremely low specific weight and great flexibility that ensures a homogeneous result and an overall low weight, was applied as filler, ideal for supporting the speed of the trimaran and ensuring adequate protection, along with Epomar, a fine filler for low-thickness skim coats or for eliminating small irregularities, suitable for application on submerged wood, steel, aluminum and fiberglass surfaces. The latter was chosen for its ease of application and excellent sandability, ideal for detailed sanding of surfaces treated with the thick epoxy fillers.
For the upper part of the boat, the team members chose Epoply, a two-component, high-thickness epoxy primer with excellent film diffusion and compactness, as well as good sandability, guaranteeing a perfect surface finish, along with Challenger PRO enamel, a two-component polyacrylic finish designed to meet durability requirements under the most extreme operating conditions. In fact, its high gloss, expansion and coverage properties, combined with its ease of application, make it suitable for all types of boats, including large surfaces in the superyacht sector. A mix of essential products to enhance and protect the hull and vital parts, ensuring an extremely light and high-performance painting cycle.
“We are proud to have been collaborating with Giovanni Soldini for over 20 years and to have achieved another remarkable result together. The super light refit cycle chosen for Maserati Multi 70 was able to guarantee a high level of performance even under the most extreme situations. This result demonstrates how the in-depth knowledge of application cycles and the high quality of the products manage to ensure adequate protection under all circumstances.” Pierluigi Stortoni, Yachting Business Technical Manager
For Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi70, the trans-ocean race marked the beginning of a new season of great sporting, technical – with the new Full Electric system – and environmental challenges, through ocean conservation programs and sea surface monitoring thanks to the Ocean Pack, the machine that measures temperature, salinity and CO2 from on board along the trimaran’s routes.
“For more than two decades we have been collaborating with Boero YachtCoatings sharing the same values: passion, innovation, and care for the environment. These principles and the quest for continuous improvement in technologies have consolidated a relationship that has always been based on mutual trust and listening. This is how we have always approached each project in the past, and this is certainly how we will work on the development of future ones” declares Giovanni Soldini.